12% pay rise for Burnley fashion firm workers

Boohoo headquarters which is set to double in size and create 350 new jobs.
Boohoo headquarters which is set to double in size and create 350 new jobs.
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A Burnley online fashion retailer whose clothes are worn across the globe has announced a pay rise for its staff.

All 450 employees at Boohoo.com, on the Heasandford Industrial Estate, ranging from warehouse workers to customer service personnel, are to receive an increase of up to 12% from September 1st.

The company would not disclose an exact figure but, in a statement, said: “Boohoo.com one of the UK’s largest pure-play online, own brand fashion retailers, has awarded a pay rise of up to 12%, to all members of staff at its Burnley distribution centre with immediate effect. Boohoo.com believes its employees are its greatest asset and the announcement further supports the people who work for the company and the local Burnley community.”

The firm has recruited extra workers to cope with increased demand from customers in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada, trebling the number of employees since this time last year.

As well as permanent staff the company also used 322 agency workers in July to cope with an increased workload, while more temporary employees will be recruited in the run-up to Christmas.

Bosses at Boohoo said an expansion to the company’s warehouse with an estimated investment of £15m. is well on track and is due to open early next year.

A spokesman said: “The warehouse extension is on track and the building will be complete by late February/beginning March. There will then be a further four months for the fit-out. The extension is 105,000 sq. ft. and is 24m. high.

“We will be keeping a close eye on trends and very much gearing up to Christmas as our peak trading period.”

The announcement has been welcomed by Burnley Council leader Coun. Mark Townsend. He said: “I welcome any news like that, that local companies are rewarding their staff. They must be doing an excellent job, it’s good to see employers recognising that and is another boost for Burnley’s local economy.

“I think it recognises that we have got a very skilled workforce and employers value it and are prepared to pay for it. It’s excellent news.”